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GoPro With a New Smaller HERO3+ Cameras, Still No 3D Accessory

October 2nd, 2013 · 2 Comments · Shooting in 3D


I has been about a year since GoPro has announced the HERO3 action camera and now they just announced a new version called GoPro HERO3+ in Black and Silver edition and only the White edition did not get an updated version. The new GoPro Hero 3+ cameras are a bit smaller in size and lighter and offer better battery life and finally glass optics long with faster WiFi. That is essentially what the improvements are, along with some new accessories, however there is still no official 3D camera accessory either for the older HERO3 or for the newer Hero 3+ camera, so apparently official 3D support for GoPro is not on the list of important things to have as a feature. The good thing is that we are seeing various community developed solutions to use two GoPro HERO3 cameras to record 3D video mostly due to the very compact size that a 3D rig using two GoPro cameras can provide. The good thing about the new GoPro HERO3+ cameras is that the solutions used for shooting 3D video with HERO3 will most likely also work, so imagine using a mini 3D mirror rig using two GoPro HERO3+ cameras for shooting stereo 3D…

GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition
– Innovative new housing yields a 20% smaller and lighter overall package when camera is installed in housing (waterproof to 40m).
– 30% longer battery life.
– 4x faster Wi-Fi for quicker transfer and playback of photos and videos from your HERO3+ camera to your mobile device when using the GoPro App.
– SuperView is a new video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide-angle perspective.
– Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts frame rate for varying lighting conditions.
– A new lens for sharper video and improved image quality.
– The HERO3+ Black Edition camera has a suggested retail price of $399.99.

GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition
– 2x faster image processor than the HERO3: Silver Edition.
– Enables 1080p60 and 720p120 fps video.
– Innovative new housing yields a 15% smaller and lighter overall package when camera is installed in housing (waterproof to 40m).
– 4x faster Wi-Fi for quicker transfer and playback of photos and videos from your HERO3+ camera to your mobile device when using the GoPro App.
– The HERO3+ Silver Edition camera has a suggested retail price of $299.99.

For more information about the new range of GoPro HD HERO3+ action cameras…

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Hacked GoPro Hero 3 Camera Projects for Shooting in Stereo 3D

August 29th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Shooting in 3D


The compact and powerful GoPro cameras that started as action sports oriented products are now also starting to find their place in video and movie production mostly thanks to their good image quality, rich feature set and affordable price especially compared to expensive movie cameras and other professional equipment usually used in movie productions. The high resolution, high framerate and high bitrate that the compact GoPro Hero 3 cameras offer is making them an interesting solution to work with and even modify to further improve the quality or useability. Not only end users, but also professionals are hacking their GoPro cameras in order to use them for some specific project such as the Novo Digital Cinema Camera that is based around GoPro Hero 3: Black Edition. But things are happening not only for the use of these small action cameras for shooting in 2D, but in stereo 3D as well. If you were following the development of the GoPro cameras there was an official GoPro 3D Hero accessory for using two GoPro Hero 2 cameras to shoot 3D video, but after the release of the new more compact and powerful Hero 3 cameras that accessory no longer worked and there is still no new version being released. This, along with 3D printing becoming more widely spread and accessible has helped many users to thinker with their GoPro Hero 3 cameras rebuilding them and making them into something new or improving them to be able to shoot in 3D.


Here is an interesting recent example of two GoPro Hero 3 cameras getting hacked into a more compact stereo 3D camera with a smaller interaxial distance for a project that required shooting miniatures in stereo 3D. This project has been realized by Anthony Shafer who is a stereoscopic 3D professional, and while there are not to many details about the process of rebuilding the cameras, there are some interesting pictures of the process including the actual shooting of stereo 3D footage that you might find interesting to take a look at.


The other fresh example of using GoPro Hero 3 action cameras in order to make them shoot in stereo 3D comes from Al “3DGuy” Caudullo, another stereoscopic 3D professional, who has managed to build multiple custom 3D camera rigs for using two GoPro Hero 3 cameras to shoot in 3D. This not only includes the enclosures, one with fixed interaxial of 32mm and another with variable interaxial between 38mm and 64mm, but also come with a custom sync solution in order to have the best possible solution (though it probably “syncs” the two cameras as the cable from the 3D Hero accessory does). The 3DGuy is apparently also working on a very compact beam splitter rig for Hero 3 cameras and the good thing is that if you are interested you can order any of the two other rigs, they are available for $250 and $350 USD respectively (without the shipping).

More about the Hacked GoPro 3D for Miniature Shoot by Anthony Shafer…
More about the miniature stereo 3D rigs for GoPro Hero 3 by Al Caudullo…

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3D Hero System Modification for GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

March 9th, 2013 · 11 Comments · Shooting in 3D

The GoPro 3D Hero system for shooting in stereo 3D with a pair of GoPro HD Hero2 cameras was a very nice product to allow wider audience of non professionals to shoot 3D video on a low budget and with compact action cameras that they may already have and are used to shoot with. Unfortunately with the release of the new and improved HD Hero3 cameras (both in terms of functionality and in size) neither the 3D Hero enclosure, nor the camera synchronization cable works with the new model. You can however modify the 3D Hero enclosure to fit the new smaller GoPro HD Hero3 cameras inside as Fon Davis has show in the video tutorial embedded above that he has shared with us. Of course after the modification the cameras inside the enclosure won’t be as protected as a pair of HD Hero2 cameras would, but at east you will be able to use the enclosure with both cameras secured tightly for shooting in 3D. As for the synchronization of the two cameras, the new HD Hero3 cameras come with built-in WiFi functionality and you can use a remote to trigger them. According to Fon Davis’ experiments the achieved synchronization is not worse than what can be done with two Hero2 cameras and using the cable adapter to sync them.

You can check other Fon Davis GoPro Tutorials and Experiments here…

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